06 Dec '17, 8am

Hong Kong falls to third in literacy ranking, behind Russia, Singapore

Hong Kong has slipped to third place in an international reading literacy ranking, after being overtaken by Russia and Singapore. Academics involved in the research warned of the effects of the city’s pupils plateauing in their performance. They urged parents to engage their children more with non-academic books and called for schools to diversify their teaching materials and methods. In the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016, released this week, Hong Kong was ranked third, with an average score of 569, behind Russia with 581 and Singapore with 576. The city’s average score for the latest ranking is two points lower than for the previous edition in 2011, in which Hong Kong was placed first, with Russia coming in second and Singapore fourth. Make reading a joy not a chore, Hong Kong parents and teachers urged The survey, intended to provide an obj...

Full article: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2123138/hong-k...

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